Scienter - From the latin, scienter - meaning knowingly.
Scott V Avery Clause - This is an arbitration clause in a contract meaning that any dispute must go to arbitration first before any litigation commences.
Searches - A generic term to describe enquiries of local authorities to check whether the property is adversely affected in any way.
Searching An Arrested Person - The police and criminal evidence act 1984 section 32 sets out the provisions for the police to search a person after arrest.
Second Reading - The second stage consists of the main debate on the bill. The debate focuses on the principles of the bill as opposed to the details.
Secondary Party - Sometimes referred to as accessories or accomplices.
Self-Defence - In english law self-defence is a defence to criminal charges.
Sentencing Council - The sentencing council for england and wales has been set up by part four of the coroners and justice act 2009.
Severable - Objects in a contract which can be separated.
Short Time - Short time working occurs when employees are laid off for part of their normal contracted hours.
Short Title - The title by which an act or measure is usually known.
Silk - A queen's counsel is also known as a "silk".
Sine Qua Non - Sometimes referred to as the 'but for' rule.
Skeleton Argument - A document providing the bare bones of a case.
Slander - Slander is defamation in a transitory form.
Small Claims Track - The small claims track considers cases to the value of ten thousand pounds. Legal representation is not essential.
Sole Practitioner - A solicitor practising as a sole practitioner.
Solicitor'S Complaint Bureau (Now Abolished) - The solicitor's complaints bureau handled complaints about the work of solicitors prior to being abolished in 1996.
Specific Intent - Intention can be defined as "the decision to bring about a prohibited consequence".
Stages Of A Bill Through Parliament - A bill goes through a number of stages before it becomes an act.
Stare Decisis - The doctrine of judicial precedent is based upon the latin maxim 'stare decisis et non quieta movere'.
State Of Affairs Offence - There are some strict liability offences which are said to give rise to ‘absolute’ or 'state of affairs' liability.
Statutory Instruments - Statutory instruments are a major method of law making in this country.
Stop And Search (Police Powers) - The police and criminal evidence act 1984 section 1 sets out the provisions for the police to carry out stop and search.
Strict Liability - It is often said that no mens rea is needed for strict liability offences.
Sub Judice - A latin phrase meaning 'under judgment'.
Subpoena Ad Testificandum - A latin phrase meaning 'under penalty to witness'.
Subpoena Duces Tecum - A latin phrase meaning 'under penalty to bring with you'.
Subsidiarity - The principle of subsidiarity is defined in article 5 - lisbon treaty on european union.
Sufficiency - Consideration must be sufficient but does not have to be adequate.
Suicide Pact - Reduces an offence of murder to manslaughter where the survivor is the other person taking part in a joint suicide pact.
Summary (Instant) Dismissal - Summary dismissal is a very serious matter as it brings to an end the contract of employment immediately.
Summary Offences - Offences of a more minor nature which are usually tried in the magistrates' court.
Summing Up - At the end of the trial and once all the evidence has been presented the trial judge assists the jury by summing up the evidence.
Super Affirmative Procedure - Before the super affirmative procedure there was no scope for amendments to be made to statutory instruments once laid before parliament.
Superior Judges - There are important differences between superior judges and inferior judges.
Supranationalism - The european community could be described as a supranational arrangement.
Supreme Court - The supreme court is the final court of appeal in the uk for civil cases, and for criminal cases from england, wales and northern ireland.